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Why are there no sea snakes in the Atlantic?

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:33:43 EST ~ There is a glaring gap in sea snakes' near-global distribution: the Atlantic Ocean. Biologists chalk up the absence of sea snakes in the Atlantic to geography, climate and timing. Find out more...

Resilience of Great Barrier Reef offers opportunities for regeneration

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 23:04:07 EST ~ New research has found that, despite the extensive damage to coral in recent events, there are still 100 reefs on the Great Barrier Reef that are well suited to promoting the regional recovery of the ecosystem after major disturbances. Find out more...

Fear of sharks influences seaweed growth on Fijian coral reefs

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:58:06 EST ~ Fishes' fear of sharks helps shape shallow reef habitats in the Pacific, according to new research. The study is the first clear case of sharks altering a coral reef ecosystem through an indirect effect - creating an atmosphere of fear that shifts where herbivores feed and seaweeds grow. Find out more...

Study urges global-change researchers to embrace variability

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:36:27 EST ~ A new review article presents evidence that argues for a more nuanced approach to the design of global-change experiments -- one that acknowledges and purposefully incorporates the variability inherent in nature. Find out more...

Photomosaic technology finds order in chaos of coral reefs

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:49:13 EST ~ Scientists have created and analyzed detailed photomosaics of the coral reef at Palmyra Atoll using advanced imaging and digitization technology. Find out more...

Tipping point for oyster restoration

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:42:09 EST ~ Study shows that reefs built to reach a foot or more above the bottom develop into healthy, self-sustaining ecosystems, while those rebuilt at lower heights are quickly buried by sediment. Find out more...

Great Barrier Reef protected zones help fish in even lightly exploited areas

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:37:23 EST ~ Protected zones of the Great Barrier Reef benefit fish even at the relatively lightly-fished northern reefs, according to a new study. Find out more...

Seagrass biodiversity is both a goal and a means for restoration

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:18:36 EST ~ Planting multiple seagrass species, rather than a single species, could be better for restoring damaged coastal ecosystems in Indonesia's Coral Triangle. Find out more...

Impact of coral bleaching on Western Australia's coastline

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:22:33 EST ~ The 2016 mass bleaching event on Western Australia's coastline is the most severe global bleaching event to ever be recorded. New research records the impact of this event to the rugged reefs of Western Australia. Find out more...

Can corals adapt to climate change?

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 14:17:12 EDT ~ Cool-water corals can adapt to a slightly warmer ocean, but only if global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, a study has found. Some corals in the normally cool waters of the Cook Islands carry genetic variants that predispose them to heat tolerance. This could help the population adapt more quickly to rising temperatures. But they may not adapt quickly enough to outpace climate change. Find out more...